Do you know the last time a woman won an Oscar for a lead role in a Woody Allen film? Diane Keaton snagged a little bald man all the way back in 1977 for Annie Hall. Since then, four women have been honored for their work in Allen films, all in supporting roles. Two of those women were Dianne Wiest. In the 80’s, that woman had some serious mojo in that acting snatch of hers.
However, if early reviews are to be believed, Cate Blanchett might be the one to break the lead actress streak, as the protagonist in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, set to debut in NY/LA on July 26. Chicagoans, it will be at the Landmark on August 2.
The film has been making the pre-release circuit, screening to critics and preview audiences, and Blue Jasmine was won feverish praise across the board, particularly for Blanchett. One critic reports that after seeing the film, her father messaged her after midnight (potentially waking her up) to rave about how great she is. Blue Jasmine is so wonderful that its worth losing sleep over.
Woody Allen’s newest, his 48th feature, is his best film in 10 or 20 years (depending on who you ask), garnering comparisons to the best work in his formidable catalog. After lighter fare like To Rome With Love and Midnight in Paris, Allen is back to the grittier fare he experimented with in the early 90’s after the Farrow divorce, with films like Husbands and Wives. Instead of trekking across Europe in search of Hemingway, he’s back to channeling John Cassavetes and Elia Kazan. Critics are calling Blue Jasmine his A Streetcar Named Desire. You don’t invoke Brando unless you mean business.
The Woodman gives us a new film every summer, as the July turns the heat up, I’ll be glad to have something to keep cool with. It’s great to have you back, Woody.
Here’s some tweets about the movie to tie you over until Blue Jasmine rolls into your town, including (THREE) raves from Erica Jong. If Erica Jong says it, it must be true.
@thefilmgoer Seen BLUE JASMINE yet? Blanchett’s performance warrants comparison with those.
— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) July 17, 2013
Cate Blanchett’s performance in Blue Jasmine is one of her best and it’s also Woody Allen’s most perceptive film in years. — The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) July 16, 2013
BLUE JASMINE is welcome respite during another block(bust)er summer. Its inspired casting is only matched by the actual performances. — Kate Erbland (@katerbland) July 10, 2013
BLUE JASMINE, Woody Allen’s new film, might be his best in 20 years. in theaters 7/26, look for our review week of release. — film.com (@filmdotcom) July 10, 2013
BLUE JASMINE: maybe Woody Allen’s best since Bullets Over Broadway?Lightly didactic but ferociously blunt & bitter. Blanchett is possessed. — david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) July 10, 2013
Blue Jasmine is fantastic. Tour-de-force from Blanchett. — Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) July 9, 2013
Woody Allen’s #BlueJasmine is a well-crafted, entertaining stare into the void.
— Mark Drop (@markdrop) July 16, 2013
My dad texted me at like 12:15 AM to let me know that Cate Blanchett gives a tour de force performance in Blue Jasmine.
— Tessa Strain (@tessastrain) July 16, 2013
‘Blue Jasmine’ is very good and arguably the least Jewish Woody Allen movie ever. — Jesse Fox (@JesseDavidFox) July 16, 2013
Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen. What a great movie! Funny but profoundly sad too. Great writing. Great performances. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 👍 — Bruce Aguilar (@yensid98) July 16, 2013
WOODY ALLEN HAS A GREAT NEW MOVIE: DON”T MISS BLUE JASMINE WITH CATE BLANCHETT! — Erica Jong (@EricaJong) July 2, 2013
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is great–amazing performances by Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and whole cast. Funny but also goes deep. See it. — Erica Jong (@EricaJong) June 14, 2013
Woody’s Blue Jasmine has stayed with me–rare for any movie. Both funny & serious–something I seek in my own work. Happy to praise his art. — Erica Jong (@EricaJong) June 15, 2013
Believe the hype. Cate Blanchett is on scorching-f’ing-fire in “Blue Jasmine.” She’s outstanding, wow.
— ThePlaylist (@ThePlaylist) July 16, 2013
image – Midnight in Paris